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Old 10-30-2018, 09:43 PM   #1
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Sonic anti fouling

Has anyone used this technology? I think PYI has a system termed "Sonihull". Just wondering if there is anyone out there that has any experience with this.
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Greetings,
Mr. B. I think the topic of sonic type anti-foul has been discussed. IMO the resident TF expert is Mr. fstbottoms. (Hope I'm remembering correctly).
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It has been discussed for decades. And no one I know uses it.
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Greetings,
Mr.o. Aw, gee. Cut Mr. B some slack. He probably hasn't been paying attention....


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It has been discussed for decades. And no one I know uses it.
I am well aware that I am not aware of anyone who uses it. It still does not answer my question. Does it work? Or maybe it works but it is prohibitively expensive??? I will search.
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Here are the two big one..this is something that I really want to work and check back on every so often. Info/results never seem to change though...

ultra sonic hull cleaner

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Thanks Hal. I did search and saw those. Sounds like snake oil to me.
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Sonic anti fouling

I have heard from one or two people who thought maybe it worked. But not conclusive.

A friend was about to install one covering only a portion of his boat to see how it works. Sounds like the only way to get an objective assessment. But the results won’t be available for a while..... not even sure he did it. Will need to check.
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Boy, there is one person here who will tell you that fstbottoms is a hack for his judgement on Sonic cleaners (they don't really work in his expert opinion)... But others point to limited success.

RickB who I trust with all things marine says at least some applications work. Now .....size of vessel, system bought, how the boat is used, bottom paint, etc...etc all would have to be factored in.

My vote is like most peoples, if it worked so well, why don't at least all the rich, knowledgeable people use them?

I can understand the new boaters and poor guys like me who will dive and scrape not using them...... But guys who go to the best yards and could actually buy those yards and their opinions aren't flocking to the ultrasonic tech.
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I spent a few hours with a PYI rep last week talking about Sonihull and going through the installation on a friends boat. The rep had some compelling photos and testimonials from the USCG and Kvichak. Unfortunately we won't know how well it's working on this boat until it gets back to the tropics.

Another friend installed a different ultrasonic system (he might chime in on this thread) and reported good results.

I'm still toying with installing the system this winter, but I'm not sure it really addresses a problem for me...I'm already getting 3 years out of bottom paint and underwater fouling hasn't been a problem with a diver checking/cleaning things a couple times a year. The diver needs to be down there to check/change zincs anyway, so cleaning through hulls and running gear isn't much extra work.
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Ok, How about TF'er JustBob who has it installed on his new Hampton. Although it has low hours, he probably can offer an opinion.
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I am well aware that I am not aware of anyone who uses it. It still does not answer my question. Does it work? Or maybe it works but it is prohibitively expensive??? I will search.
I should have said: "It's been around for decades"...... My point was that if it REALLY worked EVERYONE would be using it, as 10 years of bottom paint at $120+ per gallon plus hauling plus labor would offset it at almost any price....

It's one of those things we WANT to work.... like the anti aging cream I keep slapping on my face...or that "wealth manager" that keeps calling me...
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Ok, How about TF'er JustBob who has it installed on his new Hampton. Although it has low hours, he probably can offer an opinion.
Yes I haven't hauled out nor had a diver so unknown at this point.

Why wouldn't they work? The guy that sold me said it was a boat size version of this:
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An independent test for this is real easy. Just get a 15' cat without paint. Now put one transducer in one of the pontoons and not in the other. Now put it in the water for a month or two depending on where you are and then have a look. Leave the antifouling paint out of the equation. Yeah its says you need it, but if it works, it should inhibit growth in a noticeable way on gel coat between one pontoon and the other over x time. If not, its not working. If so, I'd buy it.


This is such a simple test study. I don't see it having been done anywhere so far (publicly anyways). If I owned the company, the first thing I would have done is run that test, and I'd have photos all over the internet showing/documenting the results if it worked well. I see no real world tests - nothing..


The reality that there's no simple test studies like this readily available on their site after 10+ years tells me a whole lot.


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An independent test for this is real easy. Just get a 15' cat without paint. Now put one transducer in one of the pontoons and not in the other. Now put it in the water for a month or two depending on where you are and then have a look. Leave the antifouling paint out of the equation. Yeah its says you need it, but if it works, it should inhibit growth in a noticeable way on gel coat between one pontoon and the other over x time. If not, its not working. If so, I'd buy it.


This is such a simple test study. I don't see it having been done anywhere so far (publicly anyways). If I owned the company, the first thing I would have done is run that test, and I'd have photos all over the internet showing/documenting the results if it worked well. I see no real world tests - nothing..


The reality that there's no simple test studies like this readily available on their site after 10+ years tells me a whole lot.


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This is the test a friend is doing, I think. But it’s important to install forward and not aft (or vice versa) on the hull or side of the hull. Depending on sun exposure, growth can be dramatically different on one side of a boat vs the other, and you wouldn’t want that credited to the sonic magic when it’s just the sun.
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Saint tt. I wish your friend success but $2K to $3K is out of MY price range for a "test". As Mr. CEC mentions, show me the $$ AND the photographic evidence.
Do any of these companies offer a complete money back guarantee? I didn't think so.
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Has anyone used this technology? I think PYI has a system termed "Sonihull". Just wondering if there is anyone out there that has any experience with this.

This link is a technical paper on the efficacy of this technology. Testing was performed under controlled conditions. It was inconclusive - but, in my opinion, shows promise. Some commercial implementations may very well be snake oil and without unbiased testing seems like a crap shoot. The equipment does not seem too difficult to build into a system though for relatively short money.



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"The relative effectiveness of the acoustic antifouling tri-
als was also often difficult to evaluate. It was often said
that fouling “inhibition” had occurred or that the surfaces
were “relatively free” of fouling. However, without a
baseline such terms become ambiguous. Often no con-
trol was used and generally little quantitative information
was provided on the amount of accumulated biofouling
that occurred. Very little photographic documentation of
the biofouling trials was found."
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My marina here in south Puget Sound seems to grow mussels in the thru-hulls. I installed the unit from Australia on my Nordic Tug 32 two years ago and they never grew back. Further, my diver was amazed when he inspected the hull after a little over a year. I recently purchased an older NT 37 and just ordered the same system for it. Although my experience is limited to my own application in my own environment, I would have to say that it works. I stayed with the Australian brand only because I know it worked on my previous boat.
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Saint tt. I wish your friend success but $2K to $3K is out of MY price range for a "test". As Mr. CEC mentions, show me the $$ AND the photographic evidence.
Do any of these companies offer a complete money back guarantee? I didn't think so.

That's "Mr Saint TT, to you, my friend :-)


I've never looked into them myself, let alone far enough to get pricing. Just glad someone else is doing it, not me. Hopefully we will all get some good info out of it.


I suppose I should go check to see if he actually did it. Last we spoke he was hauled out and debating with himself. But I do recall that they are installed from the inside of the hull, so easy to install, and easy to remove as well.
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If you have a cored hull the install is not so simple. I'm thinking even once installed correctly on a cored hull the results would be even more iffy. Even if the test is biased and performed by the company making it, that would be something at least.
The theory about how and why it "works" that's on the website is fodder to me. Seems they did "testing" on it not hurting your hull layup ext., so why in the world would they not have done testing on the functionality!
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